• The largest self-insured provider of workers’ compensation for New York State public entities.

About

Our Program

For over 30 years, PERMA has been providing municipal employers across New York State with the best possible workers’ compensation coverage for the most reasonable cost.

New York municipalities join PERMA because they are committed to safety and education. PERMA provides all-inclusive workers’ compensation coverage from a team of caring and attentive risk professionals, and PERMA members continue the work within their communities. Members form safety committees and appoint safety coordinators who receive eight hours of PERMA training in developing policies, procedures, and activities that create and maintain safe workplaces.

There are two keys to our success

1

Comprehensive coverage appropriately priced.

PERMA covers municipal employees under the general workers’ compensation statute, provides unlimited employers liability coverage, and volunteer fire and ambulance worker benefits.

2

As a non-profit organization, we specialize in local government.

PERMA has no profit margin, no stockholders, and we do not have to pay any premium taxes. We are a non-profit association created and governed by local officials. Our board of directors is comprised of members and state association partners.

3

We focus on, and emphasize, excellent service and personal attention.

It starts in the claims department, which promptly manages each claim, providing the best care to the injured employee while controlling costs. And it continues with comprehensive risk management services, assigned as critical needs are identified, ensuring a safe workplace, maintaining PESH and OSHA standards, and preventing work-related injuries, illnesses and accidents.

What you see throughout PERMA is personal attention. Taking care of the member and keeping the workplace safe and productive is what PERMA is all about.

PERMA was founded, and remains today, as a self-insured municipal pool.

Different from traditional insurance, municipal pools are organizations owned and governed collectively by their governmental entities. Municipal pools are formed all over the country to address a multitude of risks, including property loss, employee benefits, and, in PERMA’s case, workers’ compensation.

PERMA offers workers’ compensation, employers liability, volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers benefit law coverage, and scheduled and secondary medical coverage for volunteers.

You can learn more about the rules and regulations that govern PERMA by visiting the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board Self-Insurance Office.

Claims Handling

Awarded a “Superior” rating by Bickmore, the experienced and credentialed claims professionals that serve PERMA members provide steadfast care to injured workers, excellent communication with employers, and a holistic view of the workers’ compensation industry. The PERMA claims structure has been particularly singled out as helping to reach optimal outcomes and mitigate claims cost. Case analysts are assigned losses they are best equipped to handle, and nurse patient advocates work on lost time claims from the beginning.

Risk Management

PERMA is as dedicated to preventing injuries as we are to taking care of injured workers. We do so through a risk management program that takes a tailored approach when looking at members’ unique risks. We advise the best allocation of resources and provide solutions to reduce risk and injury while on the job. PERMA risk managers provide multidimensional claim data analysis, deliver consultative training, distribute safety information, and develop best practices, all to protect members by decreasing claim frequency and cost.

Events and Education

At PERMA, we know that workers’ compensation is about more than claims and safety. Through conferences, webinars, and annual on-site visits, PERMA member service representatives help inform and connect New York municipalities. Our members receive instruction on everything from the latest labor regulations to team collaboration and development, with the ultimate goal of imparting peace of mind in a complex and ever-changing environment.

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Q.

What type of workers’ compensation provider is PERMA?

A.

We are a self-insurance pool, comprised of New York State municipalities


Q.

Does PERMA use a third-party administrator?

A.

Yes. PERMA has used NEAMI since 1995.


Q.

How many members does PERMA currently have?

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Over 550 cities, counties, towns, villages, school districts, fire districts and other special districts have chosen to become PERMA members


Q.

What determines each entity’s annual contribution to the pool?

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The annual contribution is determined by an entity’s loss history, the size and distribution of their annual payroll, and the loss cost rate as determined by the state on a yearly basis.


Q.

What is Joint and Several Liability?

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Joint and Several is a common practice of self-insured groups stipulating that all members of the group are liable for all losses. This can lead to annual assessments to make up for funding shortfalls and future assessments should a group be declared financially insolvent by the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). However, PERMA’s growing membership practically guarantees solvency. The WCB has confidence in PERMA and other municipal self-insured groups because their members have the taxing authority to honor long-term claim obligations.


Q.

If I want to leave my current workers’ comp coverage provider, is there a penalty?

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If you are leaving your current provider at the end of your policy term, you must submit to them a Letter to Reserve at least 30 days prior to the renewal date. This alerts your provider that you are considering leaving. If you are currently the member of a self-insured county pool, there may be a buyout you must pay in order to leave that pool. If you are trying to leave your current carrier provider before your policy term is expired, they may issue you a short-rate penalty.


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Is there a cost to receive a PERMA quote?

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Getting a quote is free and you are under no obligation to bind with PERMA upon receiving your quote.

Our People

Currently, PERMA has members who are:

PERMA has no profit margin, no stockholders, and we do not have to pay any premium taxes. We are a non-profit association created and governed by local officials. Our board of directors is comprised of members and state association partners.

  • Bridge authorities
  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Development authorities
  • Fire districts
  • Libraries
  • Park districts
  • Parking districts
  • Port districts
  • Urban renewal agencies
  • Villages
  • Water boards and districts
  • Water pollution control districts
  • Sanitation districts
  • Schools
  • Towns
PERMA Is Governed by Public Officials – Elected from among the Membership
NEAMI’s Leadership Team Overseeing PERMA Operations

PERMA can provide personal attention because of its long-standing relationship with Northeast Association Management Inc. (NEAMI), which has administered PERMA since 1995. NEAMI, with its staff of approximately 80 professionals, provides claims management services, as well as nurse case management, loss control, coverage underwriting and general member services.

NEAMI prides itself on the quality and professionalism of its employees. Only the highest qualified, best-suited people are recruited to serve the PERMA membership. NEAMI enjoys a low turnover rate, and the claims staff receives exceptionally high claimant satisfaction scores – in the 90th percentile year after year.

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What our members say about us

Staff is always available to listen to questions & concerns.

Samuel O.

PERMA’s communication to clients is very impressive, as well as their proactive approach to training and education.

Angela O.

Wonderful company. Excellent people.

Lynda H.